Vermont Hunting News

Vermont's 2011 White-tail Deer Seasons Confirmed

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announces that dates for the 2011 white-tailed deer hunting seasons have been confirmed.

Dates for archery and muzzleloader seasons were intentionally omitted from the 2011 Vermont Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide because the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board was considering adding an additional October muzzleloader and archery seasons at the time the guide was being printed. The Board voted not to implement any season changes.

Vermont Prohibits Use of Felt-Soled Waders

With the opening of Vermont's trout fishing season coming on April 9, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has issued a reminder that using felt-soled waders or boots in Vermont waters is prohibited this year.

The Vermont legislature enacted the new law to help curb the spread of aquatic invasive species such as whirling disease of fish and didymo, a microscopic algae more commonly known as "rock snot."

Vermont Deer Hunters Had Successful 2010 Season

Biologists for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department have completed analyzing final harvest results from the 2010 deer hunting seasons and are qualifying last year's hunting seasons as a success.

During Vermont's four seasons last year (archery, youth, rifle and muzzleloader), hunters harvested a total of 15,523 deer. That number is well within the department's 2010-20 Big Game Management Plan that set the annual harvest objective between 14,000 and 18,000.

Vermont Public Deer Meetings in March

If you have an interest in Vermont's white-tailed deer you will want to attend one of the five annual public hearings being held in March by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the deer herd. The meetings begin March 24th in Manchester.

Wildlife biologists will share information on 2010 hunting season results as well as data gathered at biological check stations on antler measurements, ages and weights of deer taken. Winter severity data will be reviewed, and the prospects for 2011 season will be discussed.

Vermont Bans Felt-Soled Waders/Boots Beginning April 1st

Anglers, hunters, trappers and others who wade in Vermont's streams and lakes will be helping to protect our natural resources by paying close attention to their foot gear. The use of felt-soled waders or boots in Vermont waters is prohibited starting April 1, 2011.

The Vermont legislature enacted the new law to help curb the spread of aquatic invasive species such as whirling disease of fish and didymo, a microscopic algae more commonly known as "rock snot."

Vermont Seeking New Deer Project Leader

Patrick Berry, newly appointed Commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, has made hiring of the Deer Project Leader one of his top priorities. This position is responsible for leading the Department's efforts to manage Vermont's deer herd and maximize quality hunting opportunities for the state's 79,000 licensed hunters. Recognizing the importance of deer hunting to Vermont's cultural heritage, and the high visibility of the State's Deer Project, the Department is launching a national search to fill the position.

Vermont FWB to Hold Meetings on Deer and Moose Regulations

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold three public hearings on January 3, 4 and 5 to discuss proposed changes to deer and moose hunting regulations.

"The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about these proposals and to provide their input," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. "They also can read the current wording of the proposed regulations by going to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website."

Vermont Muzzleloader and 2nd Archery Season Opens Dec. 2nd

Hunters have good reason to be excited about Vermont's muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season, both occurring December 4-12 this year. Hunters participating in the rifle season that ends November 28 are taking many older, larger bucks due to the antler restriction that began in 2005.

A legal buck must have at least one antler with two or more points one inch or longer. The main antler beam counts as one point, regardless of length.

Vermont Deer Poaching Investigation Leads to Multiple Criminal Charges

Two Barnet residents have received multiple criminal charges resulting from a report to Vermont State Game Wardens involving hunting on November 6, opening day of youth deer hunting weekend, without landowner permission.

Vermont FWD to Hold Meetings on Deer and Moose Regulation Changes

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold three public hearings on January 3, 4 and 5 to discuss proposed changes to deer and moose hunting regulations.

"The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about these proposals and to provide their input," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. "They also can read the current wording of the proposed regulations by going to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website."